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6 people indicted by grand jury for fraud

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Posted at 2:13 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2018-11-21 17:46:36-05
Six people have been indicted by the Clark County jury for timeshare resale fraud.
 
Alan Rodrigues, 56, Jonas Bowen, 62, Larry Smith, 43, Willian Harper, 62, Jozsef Mate, 73 and Tracy Jones, 54, were indicted on 15 counts of theft and one count of multiple transactions involving fraud or deceit.
 
Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt says that the victims were all over the age of 60 and that the scam took place between August 2013 and July 2014.
 
According to the indictment, the defendants are accused of operating a business known as World Travel Access that would target timeshare owners eager to sell their timeshares. The company would typically invite victims to a presentation, during which time the defendants would explain the process of transferring timeshare ownership. Victims would be charged thousands of dollars for the purported transfer of their timeshare to World Travel Access, when in fact, the transfers never took place. Most victims were not aware they had fallen victim to a scam until they received bills from their respective timeshare companies for yearly fees.
 
The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned before the Eighth Judicial District Court on Feb. 9. An indictment is merely a charging document; every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
 
This case was investigated by the Office of the Nevada Attorney General, and is being prosecuted by Deputy Attorneys General Daniel Westmeyer and Amy Steelman. 
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